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Repurposed House Slippers 


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Repurposed House Slippers 

Written By: Janaina Vaughn 



For gently shaping the sole. 

Heavy duty sewing machine needle (1) 

Sewing needle (1) 

Spool of contrasting thread (1) 


Jeans (1-2 pairs) 

Lightweight interfacing (1 Yard) 

This helps create a more durable and 

stable sole. 

High-loft batting (1) 

Buttons (2) 
To be covered. 

Velcro (2 Pieces) 
Preferably the adhesive kind. 


Tired of looking at that heap of lifeless jeans plotting a coup on your closet floor? Then 
transform those comatose denims into super fabulous house slips and regain control of your 

Join the recyclution! 

These instructions offer three women's sizes: S (5-6), M (7-8), and L (9-10). Yardage caters 
to size L, so making a size S will leave you with scraps. Follow instructions closely and read 
directions completely before diving into them. It isn't as important to follow the grain of the 

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fabric as it is to make sure you cut out your pieces accurately. The slightest differences in 
finished dimensions may cause your slippers to be either too small or too big. 

Step 1 — Adjust the pattern and deconstruct the jeans. 

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• The pattern simply needs to be enlarged on a copy machine to the dimensions provided. 
Templates are downloadable in the files. 

• To deconstruct jeans, simply begin at the inside of the ankle opening and cut to the crotch. 
There you cut across to the outer seam and cut down to the outer ankle. Do this on all 4 
sides of the jeans. When finished, you will have flat pieces of fabric that will be much 
easier to deal with. 

Step 2 — Cut out soles, lining, and batting. 

• Lay out and pin the sole pattern on your jeans, and cut out 2 pieces for the left foot. Flip 
the sole pattern over and lay out and pin again on your jeans, cutting out 2 pieces for the 
right foot. 

• Using the sole pattern, lay out and pin on your scrap fabric for sole lining. Cut out 1 piece 
for the left foot. Flip sole pattern over, lay out, and pin again. Cut out 1 piece for the right 
foot. Remember to save remnants for button covers. 

• Using the sole pattern, lay out, pin high-loft batting, and cut 2 pieces. One is for the right 
foot and the other for left. You do not have to flip the pattern because the batting itself can 
be flipped over to use for either foot. 

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Step 3 — Cut out the sole interfacing. 

• Using the sole pattern, lay out and 
pin lightweight interfacing. As with 
the batting, you do not have to flip 
the pattern over; simply cut 4 

Step 4 — Cut out the uppers. 

• With the remaining jean material, 
fold a piece in half that will 
accommodate the upper pattern. 
Lay out, pin upper pattern, and cut. 
Repeat 3 more times. You will have 
4 pieces when finished. 

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Step 5 — Cut out the straps. 

• Using 2 pieces of jean material, lay 
out, pin strap pattern, and cut out 2 

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Step 6 — Make the soles. 

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• Now it is time to make sandwiches. 
This is a nice little trick for clean, 
quick soles, inside and out. Take 2 
of your lightweight interfacing 
pieces and place one for the left 
foot and one for the right (as seen 
in the figure to the left). 

• Then take your high-loft batting 
pieces, placing one on top of the 
left foot (where you have already 
placed your lightweight interfacing) 
and the other on top of your right 
foot. You will continue building on 
top of each, creating a sandwich 

• Take the remaining 2 pieces of 
lightweight interfacing and place on 
top of left and right sandwiches. 

• Place your scrap fabric soles right 
side face up on each left and right 

• Place 2 jean soles right side face 
down, one on each left and right 
sandwich. Repeat with remaining 2 
jean soles. 

• Make sure you have replaced your 
normal sewing machine needle with 
your heavy-duty needle. Begin at 
the outer toe corner (about 1" from 
top center of the sole) of your 
sandwich by placing it gently under 
the foot (standard foot is fine) and 
sew 1" seam along the edge until 
you reach the outer corner of the 
toe on the other side. Make sure to 

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go slow when sewing, so you don't 
end up with any squared corners. 

• Repeat with other foot. 

Step 7 

• When both are finished, separate 
the upper sole (scrap material) and 
outer sole (jeans) by flipping it 
outside in. When finished flipping, 
use the chopstick to shape the heel 
of the sole and the edges to obtain 
a smooth, finished edge. Repeat 
with the other sole (as seen in the 
figure to the left). 

• You do not have to finish off the toe 

Step 8 

• Sew the straps. With contrasting thread, lengthen your stitch to the desired length and sew 
W along the edges of each strap. Set aside. 

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Step 9 — Sew the uppers. 

• Place 2 uppers on top of each 
other. Do the same with the other 2 
uppers. With both stacks next to 
one another, determine the left and 
right foot by placing the straps in 
between the layers. See Figure C, 
which shows the right foot. The flap 
should rest on the outside of each 

• Sew about W from the raw edge 
using your contrasting thread. 
Remember to sew slowly so you 
can maintain a smooth, even line. 
Repeat with other foot. 

• Fold the upper, right sides 
touching. Line the heel edges 
together. Beginning on the bottom 
part of the heel about 1 " from the 
edge, sew a shallow curve toward 
the top of the heel. Repeat with 
other foot (as seen in the first 

• Iron the seam flat and sew Vz" from 
the seam on both sides with 
contrasting thread. This reinforces 
the heel and helps keep the shape 
of the overall slipper. Repeat with 
other foot (as seen in the second 

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Step 10 — Put it all together. 

• Flip both uppers inside out and fold them in half. Place 2 needles, one toward the front of 
the upper and one toward the back. This is done to keep the opening of the upper closed 
(as seen in the image to the left). This is an incredibly easy way to connect the sole to the 

• With both uppers now pinned closed, place the heel of the sole onto the heel of the upper. 
Pin the outer corners of the heel. Place a pin at the tip of the slipper (toe). The upper now 
should naturally fall into place on top of the sole. Repeat with other sole and upper (as 
seen in the image to the left). 

• Sew about 1" from the finished edge of the sole. Repeat with other sole and upper. 

• Flip the slippers right-side out and marvel at your almost-completed house kicks! 

Step 11 

• Cover your buttons. Button 
covering is a simple and easy way 
to recycle unwanted or ugly 

• Determine the size of button you 
would like to use. Place it in the 
center of a piece of scrap fabric 
and hand-baste a circle about 1" 
larger than the button (as seen in 
the image on the left). 

• Pull thread until taut, and until the 
fabric wraps around the button. 

• Sew along the wrong side of the 
button, first in a circular manner 
twice, and then making an X once. 
Knot thread and snip off. Repeat 
with other button. 

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Step 12 — Finish! 

• Sew a button on the strap flap. Now 
place one end of the Velcro on a 
strap, put the slipper on your foot, 
determine the tension of the strap, 
then place the other end of Velcro 
where the strap fits best. Repeat 
with other foot. 

• You are now ready to show off your 
new Repurposed House Slippers. 

This project first appeared in CRAFT Volume 02 . page 108. 

This document was last generated on 2012-11-01 04:20:05 AM. 

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